FSR OUTLOOK 2023: BRAVING THE MAELSTROM

Our Financial Services Regulatory (FSR) team surveys the regulatory landscape for 2023 and considers the challenges confronting firms and regulators. Firms now face a maelstrom of risks as 2023 comes into view. Economic and geopolitical uncertainty has aggravated already rising interest rates and inflation, causing supply chain issues and increased volatility in the commodities and … Read more

Efficiently, Honestly and (still) Fairly Uncertain – The Quest for Certainty

The continuing uncertainty around the provision requiring licensees to provide financial services ‘efficiently, honestly and fairly’ under section 912A(1)(a) of the Corporations Act (EHF provision) comes into sharpest focus against the backdrop of the new breach reporting regime. In this article, we examine some common questions and challenges we are seeing emerge in relation to … Read more

THE BREACH REPORTING CHASM

On 27 October 2022, ASIC released its first publication of information lodged under the new breach reporting regime, Report 740 Insights from the reportable situations regime: October 2021 to June 2022 (Report 740). As readers will be aware, the new breach reporting regime for financial services came into effect on 1 October 2021, seeking to … Read more

HSF publishes Global Bank Review 2022: Banking on People

On 20 October 2022, Herbert Smith Freehills published our sixth edition of the Global Bank Review: Banking on People. Against a backdrop of increased societal expectations, shifting employee priorities, reliance on technology and an uncertain economic outlook, ‘Banking on People’ delves deeper into the people-centric issues our banks clients are grappling with and explores the … Read more

APRA CONSULTS ON NEW OPERATIONAL RISK MANAGEMENT PRUDENTIAL STANDARD

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) has released its consultation on a new cross-industry prudential standard for operational risk management, CPS 230, which proposes to introduce a range of new requirements on APRA-regulated entities for managing operational risk and enhance existing requirements for business continuity and service provider management. Operational resilience is critical to the … Read more

Evolving patterns of ESG disclosure by super fund trustees

Public attention on the ways Australian superannuation funds are engaging with the challenges of climate change has never been greater. Media reporting of Australia’s position at COP26, together with concerted advertising by some funds of their sustainability credentials, means that members are more interested than ever about how their monies are being deployed. This interest … Read more